Fancy getting some help to kickstart your arts writing career? Read on…
Interested in arts and culture writing? Serious about turning professional? We are very pleased indeed to be collaborating with Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) on a new opportunity for writers: 25 selected applicants will receive a programme of six critical writing workshops, one-to-one mentoring and a £300 bursary.
Delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Central Lancashire, through the In Certain Places scheme, the project is supported by four leading critical writing platforms in the North-West – The Double Negative (that’s us!), Creative Tourist, Art in Liverpool, and Culture on a Shoestring.
Workshops will take place between 11 March and 2 May 2015 (avoiding the Easter break) at venues across the North-West on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. They will be facilitated by specialists in the fields of writing, publication and distribution, both print and online. I’ll be leading a workshop, alongside Joanne Lee, Chris Sharratt, Bob Dickinson, Gerrie Van Noord and Sophia Crilly. The workshop programme will cover key areas in relation to critical writing including form and function, social media, self-distribution, online and print media, and relationships with galleries.
Each successful applicant will be awarded a bursary of £300 including travel expenses to produce one short exhibition review (1000-1200 words) and one feature (2000-2500 words). Each will be partnered with a critical writing platform to receive mentoring support and editorial feedback throughout the writing process. Platforms will work closely with writers to determine style and content, though all writing produced must respond to visual arts in the North West region. Writing will be published on one of the four partner platforms and widely promoted across the region and beyond.
Applicants must be aged 18+, and have a genuine passion for and sustained commitment to critical writing for the visual arts in the North-West, together with a real desire to develop critical writing skills. We are looking for writers who can make a genuine commitment to attend all six workshops and produce two pieces of writing in the timeframe provided. Deadline for all applications is Monday 23 February 2015 at 5pm.
Think this is the perfect opportunity for you? Apply now!
Laura Robertson, editor
That important info again:
Deadline: Monday 23 February 2015 at 5pm
Applicants must be 18+ and show a sustained commitment to North-West visual arts
Applicants must be free to attend all workshops (11 March-2 May 2015) at venues across the North-West on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings
To apply, please download and complete this application pack and send to: Emma Fry, Art: ADDS Project Coordinator at email@example.com
This programme forms part of ‘Art: Audience, Development, Discourse and Skills’ (Art: ADDS). Art: ADDS is an Arts Council England funded project initiated by CVAN NW to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in the North-West, and to improve the ability of visual arts organisations to build on and increase audiences. Art: ADDS has three priorities: Critical Writing, Artist Development and Young People. The overarching aims of the Critical Writing programme are to increase the overall quantity and quality of critical writing for the visual arts in the North West, to strengthen the critical writing infrastructure in the region, and to generate new audiences.